Maynard, Constance Louisa
Constance Maynard (1849–1935) was an educationalist who dedicated her life to improving women’s educational opportunities and establishing a place for religion in the modern education of girls and women. She is known for being an educational pioneer as she was one of the first women to study for Cambridge University’s Moral Sciences Tripos at Emily Davies’s Girton College and was the first principal of Westfield College in London (now Queen Mary, University of London). In an unpublished autobiography, she wrote candidly about her romantic relationships with women teachers and students while principal of Westfield. In later life she authored a number of tracts for Christian organizations, edited the poetry of Dora Greenwell, and published on religious education, women’s role, and the challenges of faith.
Constance Maynard (1849–1935) was an educationalist who dedicated her life to improving women’s educational opportunities and establishing a place for religion...
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